EADT PAGE – June 2016
The crowds came despite the weather to the annual Suffolk Show. This year’s Show was the last of Honorary Show Director, Bill Baker’s three year term of office. Despite some unseasonably chilly weather, the showcase of Suffolk life passed off in great style with livestock exhibits from across the country, tradestands doing brisk business and a packed entertainment programme.
Taking place during half term week, families once again made the most of the Association’s policy of free admission for under 15s. This reinforces the Association’s role as a charity to foster greater understanding of food, farming and the countryside and a firm commitment to enable young people to understand more about food production and to raise awareness of careers in the rural economy. It also highlights the Show’s unique position as an event which educates and entertains in equal measure. The Show is also the focal point for much of the Association’s Education work with the final of the Suffolk Farming School of the Year and the Schools’ Show Garden competition both taking place over the two days. Saxmundham Primary won top honours in the Suffolk Farming School of the Year, whilst the winners of the Show Garden Competition were Crawfords CEVC Primary from Haughley.
Headline attractions this year included the Bold Dog Lings stunt display team and Titan the Robot thrilling crowds with his appearances in the Avenues. Trade stands reported good business with sales of anything from farm machinery, to clothes and accessories to garden furniture. The two day retail mix represents Suffolk’s biggest shop and continues to grow each year.
A new tourism village made an appearance featuring displays from some of our top visitor attractions and there was a new Tastes of Anglia area to showcase up and coming producers.
Bill Baker, Show Director said: “I’m incredibly proud of the event the team put on this year and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our visitors, exhibitors and sponsors who have, once again, shown their support for the Show whether it is for business or pleasure. The Show is a very important event in the County’s calendar and celebrates the best of our wonderful county.”
Landrover Club Fundraiser For Local Charities
Less than perfect weather did not deter show goers from taking a trip round the off-road course, courtesy of the Suffolk Landrover Club. Over 3,000 people took a trip in Landrovers of various makes and ages raising £9,500 for local charities. The Club are a regular feature at the Show thrilling visitors with rides in different Land Rover models including Defenders, Discoveries, Range Rovers and 101s around the off road course.
Sixty club members turned out to man the stand over the two days, and, as a result of the extended “pit” area were able to increase the number of vehicles to thirty four. The additional vehicles meant a more efficient rotation of vehicles giving drivers more frequent breaks – especially welcome in the more challenging conditions brought about by the weather.
350 students from schools across Suffolk are set to attend the eighth Food and farming Student Day which will be held at Hollow Trees Farm on 22nd June.
Now into its eighth year, the event is designed to highlight the varied career opportunities available to young people in the rural economy and is organised by Hollow Trees Farm, Easton and Otley College and the Suffolk Agricultural Association.
Students attend a total of eight interactive workshops throughout the day each focusing on a different aspect of food, farming and the countryside, with schools escorted by a Steward. The day is sponsored by the Chadacre Agricultural Trust and workshops providers include Tesco, Muntons, Farming is Magic, Suffolk YFC, CLAAS, Natural England, RHS, Corkers Crisps and Hillfarm Oils.
Farms across Suffolk are gearing up for a visit from the judging panel in the Suffolk Farm Business Competition which takes place next week. Judges will be farm business professionals from the Harper Adams University 1992 Alumni.
Thank you to all the farm businesses who have entered and the winners will be announced at the SAA Awards Dinner on 20th October.
For further information please contact Brigit Parker